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Ecology of Woodlands and Forests: Description, Dynamics and Diversity (Paperback)
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Ecology of Woodlands and Forests: Description, Dynamics and Diversity (Paperback)

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Paperback 544 Pages / Published: 26/07/2007
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Taking a functional rather than an ecosystem or a utilitarian approach, Thomas and Packham provide a concise account of the structure of woodlands and forests. Using examples from around the world - from polar treelines to savannahs to tropical rain forests - the authors explain the structure of the soil and the hidden world of the roots; how the main groups of organisms which live within them interact both positively and negatively. There is particular emphasis on woodland and forest processes, especially those involving the flow and cycling of nutrients, as well as the dynamics of wooded areas, considering how and why they have changed through geological time and continue to do so. This clear, non-technical, 2007 text will be of interest to undergraduates, foresters, ecologists and land managers.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521542319
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 1080 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... good index ... extensive references ... well illustrated ... breadth of material covered in a very readable way. I can see undergraduates finding it very useful as an introduction to key concepts and as a source book for essays.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
'... the paperback edition could be particularly useful for an introductory course in forest ecology and serve as a reasonably priced, accessible alternative to pricier, more densely packed textbooks ...' Landscape Ecology
'The book is very up-to-date. ... [it] tries to strike a balance. It addresses a more general reader and provides a comprehensive, clear, non-technical introduction to the many facets of forest ecology, but it is also a rich source of information for the expert. ... Undergraduates, foresters, ecologists and land managers should have Ecology of Woodlands and Forests on their bookshelf.' Basic and Applied Ecology
'... essential reading for everyone from botany or geosciences who explor[es] the forests ... a comprehensive, detailed, well-thought, and informative synthesis, which will be appreciated by professionals, beginners, and amateurs.' Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie
"This is an eagerly awaited update and extension of an earlier classic...The book is written with the authority of two established authors with a combined wealth of experience in both the subject and also (importantly) in its communication to a wide audience...The result is a book that will appeal to a wide range of readers from both undergraduate and postgraduate students to foresters, ecologists and land managers. A colleague has 'tested' this with undergraduates and is highly pleased with the result. I'm sure this will be a classic text for a range of readers for many years to come." Ian D. Rotherham, Agricultural Journal
"The book is very up-to-date. Undergraduates, foresters, ecologists and land managers should have Ecology of Woodlands and Forests on their bookshelf." Matthias Schaefer, Basic and Applied Ecology

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